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The title is within our reach, says Manchester United's Daley Blind

By Carl Markham

Manchester United midfielder Daley Blind believes the club have a good chance of challenging for the Premier League title next season.

The Red Devils finished fourth in Louis van Gaal's first season but were 17 points adrift of champions Chelsea and nine behind second-placed Manchester City.

However, Blind insists: "I think we're not far off."

"If you look at the end of this season we've done well and we've picked up a lot of points, even though the last few games were difficult, but I think we have a good chance next year.

"If you look at the games we've played against the top teams, we've won a lot of points and a club like Manchester United will always aim to win the title. Next year, we're going to do that.

"I think in a lot of games this year we've carried on fighting until the end and got some points because of that. It comes from the players and the dressing room is really great, everyone gets on really well with each other.

"We want to fight for each other, on and off the pitch, and that's where the spirit comes from."

Holland international Blind was brought to Old Trafford by Van Gaal, who managed his father Danny at Ajax, having got to know the 25-year-old's qualities while Holland boss.

They have both adapted well to English football but Blind knows there is more to come.

"It's a different league to the Dutch league. The pace of the game is much higher here but I think I've adapted well.

"Overall I think I've had a good first season and I can be proud of that."

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